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|Written by Jason Banks|
March 2013 - Was traded to New Jersey and promptly put on the Ilya Kovalchuk line...Made a splash early on with five points in six games, but since has fizzled going pointless in five...Devils seem to be willing to give him a long leash, as he has remained on that big line despite lack of production, which is a great sign. - Dobber
December, 2012 - Loktionov's offensive numbers at the AHL level have taken a hit over the last 18 or 24 months as he hones his two-way game. Aware that the Kings play a more defensive, gritty brand of hockey, and also aware that roster spots are hard to come by, Loktionov seems to be re-inventing himself. Good for his NHL chances. Bad for his fantasy hockey owners. - Dobber
June, 2012 – Many factors made Loktionov a middle round draft pick despite his offensive acumen. He is undersized, Russian and non-physical, without stats that isn’t very attractive to NHL teams. But his production has spoken for itself. Since coming to North America, he has 99 points in 71 OHL games and 84 points in 111 AHL games. This production has yet to translate in the NHL, but it should come soon. Loktionov is very ready to center a solid LA Kings third line next season. Fantasy players should be aware that he only has 52 penalty minutes in 243 games since crossing the pond, so he will not help you if your league includes them. That said he is a shooter, averaging over two shots per game with regular minutes. The Kings like big wingers and Loktionov will flourish centering players similar to Dustin Penner, Jeff Carter and Dwight King.
Has ability to be a solid, productive forward for fantasy teams. Durability could be an issue. The numbers game in LA is an issue, and he is also a KHL flight risk.
Footage: Loktionov shows a bit of his hands on his first but fluky, NHL goal.
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|Last Updated on Monday, 11 March 2013 12:44|